Thomas Friedman‘s book, The World is Flat, contained a number of stories which where real eye openers. Telecommunications made the world flat, as cheap telecommunications allows us to locate work wherever it is cheapest. In the background, whilst this was happening, enterprise applications went from common to ubiquitous.
Despite the world being laser levelled within an inch of its life, many companies are finding it difficult to move their operations to the cost-effective nirvana that is cloud and SaaS services. We’re reached a point where one of the a larger hidden assumptions of enterprise applications has been exposed. If we consider enterprise applications to be asset management tools rather than productivity tools, then ideas like private clouds start to make a lot of sense.
What we really need are meta-clouds: clouds created by aggregating a number of different clouds, just as the Internet is a network of separate networks. Many nonprofits have an information technology infrastructure that has developed over time. This entry was posted in Steve Stern and tagged cloud, Google, IT, nonprofits, services, strategy by Guest Blogger. The opportunity for labour arbitrage this created drove offshoring through the late nineties and into the new millenium. Adoption was driven by the productivity benefits the applications brought, which started of as a source of differentiation, but has now become one of the many requirements of being in business. Organisations want to put their assets somewhere safe, because without assets these the organisations don’t amount to much. Cloud technology reifies a lot of the knowledge required to configure and manage a virtualised environment in software, eliminating the data centre voodoo and empowering the development teams to manage the solutions themselves.
While the clouds would all be technically similar, each would be located in a different political geography.


Lumity can present Google’s cloud solution to your leadership and help you develop an information technology strategy that improves your operations and your bottom line. Many cloud and SaaS providers work under the assumption that where we store data where it is most efficient from an application performance point of view, ignoring political considerations. Everything from call centres to tax returns and medical image diagnosis started to migrate to cheaper geographies. SaaS and cloud are the most recent step in this evolution, leveraging the global market to create solutions operating at such a massive scale that they can provide price points and service levels which are hard, if not impossible, for most companies to achieve internally.
Companies want to keep their information — their confidential trade secrets — hidden from prying eyes.
This organisation might be a company, or it might be a country, or it might be some combination of the two.
This makes cloud technology simply a better asset management tool, but we need to freedom to locate the data (and therefore the application) where it makes the most sense from an asset management point of view.
Google also has personal and shared calendars, personal and shared contacts, and dozens of other services.
Unlike Google, Lumity’s services are not free, but because Lumity is also a 501(c)(3), our rates are well below those of our for-profit competitors. This runs counter to many company and governments who care greatly where their data is stored. We could event locate that contact centre in a cheaper geography such as another state, or even another country.
Competition to be the cheapest and most efficient service provider, rather than location, determines who does the work. Governments need to ensure they have the trust of their citizens by respecting their privacy. The application you select to manage your data determines the political boundary it lives within.


Amazon has also taken a portion of the cloud it runs and dedicated it to, and located it in, the EU, for similar reasons.
Google delivers them to you via your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Thunderbird, Safari, etc.) or native apps on your smartphone or tablet. You won’t have to pay for the electricity, software licenses, and hardware replacements. Have we entered a time where location does matter, not for technical reasons, but for political reasons?
Other times it might require a much smaller private cloud located within a specific political boundary. The data would be stored and maintained where it made the most sense from an asset management point of view, with few technical considerations, the meta-cloud providing a consistent approach to locating and moving our assets within and across individual clouds as we see fit.
Is globalisation (as a political thing) finally starting to impact IT architecture and strategy?
And all these applications we have created — both the traditional on-premesis, hosted or SaaS and cloud versions — are really just asset management tools.
You can get a free Google Voice number and have it ring multiple phones.  Voice messages are automatically transcribed and emailed to you as text, plus you can download the message as an mp3 file. The world might be flat, but where you store your assets and where you send them still matters.




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